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SSL keeps Harris airborne

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Production News
October 11, 2019

The front-of-house (FOH) engineer for Calvin Harris, Nathan Lettus, needed a console which could travel with him, as the artiste played events including Germany’s Sonnemondsterne XXIII (cap. 40,000), Switzerland’s Zurich Openair (80,000), Creamfields (70,000) in the UK and during a six-week residency at Ushuaia (4,000) in Ibiza.

Lettus specified a L200 console by Solid State Logic (SSL) from rental company Major Tom, having been impressed by its layout. The desk has a 12-plus-two fader configuration frame, fast access layer/bank switching, and Super-Q technology.

While Harris flew into a tour appearance shortly before the show, Lettus turned-up five hours in advance. “I had to fine-tune the PA on the fly due to travelling in on the day of the festival,” he says “I found that, once Calvin started, we were very consistent – the only thing that changed was the PA.

Lettus ran a primary stereo digital channel at 96kHz, direct from Harris’ rig, plus a digital back-up and two further analogue backups.

“We back-up multiple times in case anything were to happen,” he explains. “I have individual control over his vocal and we have four radio frequency mics in case any guest artistes pop in.”

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